I got some photos back from my photographer of a reproduction chair I made for a collector in Kentucky, who owns the original of this chair. It is the only signed Windsor chair from KY known to exist, made near Lexington KY between about 1810 and 1830. The old chair...
Spoon Bit Tricks
by Elia Bizzarri | Oct 8, 2022 | Spoon Bits | 0 Comments
I got a bunch of questions about using spoon bits. Here's the answers to a few of them. How do you get the spoon bit to start where you want it? My favorite answer is to adjust your expectations. But there are some tips that will give you more...
My First Chair
by Elia Bizzarri | Nov 16, 2020 | Antique Chairs, Chair Stories | 3 Comments
GreenBook: A Book List for Green Woodworkers
by Elia Bizzarri | Nov 6, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To | 3 Comments
Bob Simmons put together this spreadsheet of Green Woodworking books. Feel free to add your favorite books and edit however you see fit - this is truly a communal book list, by you for you. Happy reading! GreenBook
by Elia Bizzarri | Sep 2, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To | 7 Comments
After seeing Bob Simmons space-saving shaving horse ideas, Jason Gallagher send me photos of this modified Tim Manney horse that Jason made with his buddy Tommy. With a few wedged joints, it knocks down nicely into a small bundle of parts. In his...
Gramercy Spoon Bits – a review
by Elia Bizzarri | Apr 23, 2020 | Spoon Bits | 0 Comments
Last summer Gramercy sent me some of their new spoon bits to review here on the blog. I've never gotten free stuff from a company before, but I guess there's a first for everything. Don't worry, I'm still as opinionated as ever. Anyway, the next thing I...
The Lore of the Spoon Bit
by Elia Bizzarri | Apr 15, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Spoon Bits | 7 Comments
How do you get a spoon bit to keep from wandering? What's the best way to prevent tear-out with a spoon bit? We are all victims of a post-industrial mindset and we all ask these questions. But these questions miss the point. Lets look at some photos...
More Fancy Arm
by Elia Bizzarri | Oct 24, 2019 | Antique Chairs, How-To | 0 Comments
This post continues my adventures as I figure out how to attach the arm to my copy of a 1800's writing arm chair for Williamsburg's Working Wood in the 18th Century conference. My first post is here if you missed it. The old chair had the post notched to receive the...
A Fancy Arm
by Elia Bizzarri | Oct 22, 2019 | Antique Chairs, How-To | 2 Comments
I am copying this 1810-1820's KY writing arm chair for the Colonial Williamsburg symposium in January. Seth and I spent two days measuring and photographing it at Williamsburg's furniture conservation lab, and now two months later I'm trying to piece it all back...
Drying Green Chair Seats
by Elia Bizzarri | Aug 2, 2019 | How-To | 1 Comment
I got a load of green white pine seats a few months ago and Seth and I stacked them for drying. Here's what we did:
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